Citizenship Bill | Assam lawyers threaten to move Supreme Court


Guwahati, January 10: The All Assam Lawyers’ Association (AALA) has threatened that it will move the Supreme Court of India if the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 is passed for the greater interest of Assamese people.

“We will stage a statewide protest on January 11 and if the Bill is passed in the Parliament, we will move the Supreme Court and also, will support the agitation against the Bill in every possible way,” an AALA member told media persons.

Dipak Kumar Das, AALA general secretary, said that Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal has turned a blind eye to the ongoing crisis in Assam.

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The Bill was passed at the Lok Sabha on Tuesday. On Wednesday, the Bill was stalled in the Rajya Sabha following strong opposition from the Congress along with other parties.

The Citizenship Bill was introduced in the Lok Sabha in 2016 to amend the Citizenship Act, 1955. The Bill amends the Citizenship Act, 1955 to make illegal migrants who are Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan, eligible for citizenship.